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scott: six times a year, the serene central piedmont of north carolina becomes a battleground. the men who survive this final exercise will join the elite ranks of the army's green berets. and we were granted rare access to observe the 118 soldiers on the brink of becoming special forces. >> you wanna go? >> yep, let's go. sharyl: a documentary that details an historic prosecution
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it is the too-real story of the horrors of rwanda, the courtroom drama, and survivors who found the courage to testify. victoire mukambanda: they killed our family. they destroyed our houses. and after that, after finishing my family, killing all of them, they abused me. sharyl: in nine states, convicted felons can only get back the right to vote if they're individually approved by the governor or a court. when democrat terry mcauliff became virginia's governor in 2014, he restored the right to vote for 18,000 felons. what were your concerns? jim plowman: a database was just dumped into the voter system and it wasn't vetted, it wasn't looked at, it wasn't scrubbed.
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scott: hello, i'm scott thuman in for sharyl attkisson. welcome to "full measure." this week, the battle began to retake the iraqi city of mosul from isis fighters. u.s. special operations forces are acting as spotters for targeted airstrikes. special ops are more frequently the tip of the spear in u.s. military operations, and they are now in greater what does it take to be the best of the best? we travelled to an imaginary war zone, to observe a real exercise, in the making of a green beret. six times a year, the serene central piedmont of north carolina becomes a battleground. stretching across 19 counties and 10,000 square miles, the men
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will join the elite ranks of the army's green berets. the drill is called "robin sage." and we were granted rare access to observe the 118 soldiers on the brink of becoming special forces. lt. colonel seth wheeler: there is no tougher scenario in the military than to go through robin sage. scott: lieutenant colonel eric wheeler is an instructor at robin sage. he's been a green beret for 13 years and served six deployments in iraq. versed on what a green beret is, or what robin sage means, they might make some gross assumption that you guys are the guys who are out there just kicking down doors. you would say? wheeler: green berets are special forces soldiers of character who are comfortable operating in ambiguous, decentralized, and hostile environments. >> don't shoot, don't shoot. scott: i think it's interesting that green berets are much more than just muscle.
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muscle. so it's combination of knowing when to smile, when to negotiate, and when to pull the trigger. scott: all skills honed for the last 60 years in a new 'countr'' west of i-95 and south of virginia. wheeler: all of our training for robin sage is actually through a fictitious land called pineland, of course. scott: and this is pineland. >> this is pineland. scott: we are in a guerrilla base camp in pineland, where these green beret trainees, whose faces we cannot show, are helping the locals mount a resistance to the 'united province of atlantica,' which has overrun pineland. volunteer guerrilla le plan and we go through what it takes, the steps to get these fighters ready. scott: training a local militia to stand up to an unwanted occupier is the green berets' primary mission. this training, goes from a fictional land -- to action in the real world, with real names, like syria, iraq, and afghanistan. kenny tyndall is one of dozens of volunteers, who lends his farmland. kenny tyndall: when you go rushing into a building and it's a baited ambush, it's a no win situation sometimes for them,
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them about certain things, and also about trust and building rapport. scott: what you teach them here , does that make a life changing moment for them when they're downline? >> we hope it does we certainly hope it does, because if it doesn't, they are going to get killed. the training of the green beret is to train other countries to put their soldiers in line. scott: the goal of this day's force of volunteers posing as enemy combatants is for them to realize they are in over their heads and to retreat, which they do, with two wounded. the army special forces became known as 'green berets' in 1961 when president john kennedy toured fort bragg, watched their tactics and noting their headgear sent their commander a letter stating, "the challenge of this new form of operations is a real one, i am sure that the green beret will be a mark of distinction in the trying times ahead."
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vietnamese soldiers in the fight against the communist-backed viet cong guerrillas. since vietnam, the green berets have specialized in counter-insurgency and guerrilla warfare. if conventional warfare looks like the 'shock and awe' of operation iraqi freedom, then it's the unconventional warfare that the green berets do best. they were one of the lead responders in afghanistan. months before troops and tanks arrived, the green berets were organizing and training the tribal leaders -- fighting like natives alongside the northern alliance. back in pineland, the united states army has amassed a conventional force along the southern border. led by major general james linder, the forces are updated by the trainees about how their covert support of the local resistance is going. >> we got to hang in there, hold out for the help. i know help's coming. >> we're selecting soldiers who are going to go out in small teams and in environments where
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they're going to be independent, and they're going to have to figure out how to problem solve on their own. scott: problems like a helicopter that has unexpectedly bombed their base camp. >> so give me two cases that are ready to go. scott: or an enemy that has inflicted mass civilian casualties. >> one, two, three. hey, i got a strong radio pulse. scott: and that's the real world, too, though right? >> that's the real world. that's, much of what we see today under the areas operating, executing the army's task of special warfare is what we see these soldiers doing. scott: why is what's happening here in these woods so important to the future of how the u.s. military handles all the challenges we face? >> the experiences that you learn in robin sage build upon a rolodex of experiences that kind of roll around in the back of your head. robin sage is all about a series of dilemmas that is posed upon the student, where there might not be right or wrong answers, and just consequences to the decisions.
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on august 23rd, staff sgt. matthew thompson, a green beret serving in afghanistan, was killed by a roadside bomb. a loss that sergeant major roberto oquendo, a fellow green beret, says is immeasurable. roberto oquendo: um, it hurts. you know and, and even if you don't know the, the person personally it's, it's another sf brother that, that, that paid the ultimate sacrifice. scott: thompson graduated from concordia university irvine in 2010, his classmates honored him in this fl >> it could happen to any of us. so we understand that when we come in, and when it does happen, it really hurts. scott: for their final test, the team we observed captured their target in a nighttime raid. they passed robin sage and many of these new green berets will
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year. of the 118 soldiers who started robin sage during our visit, 101 finished and earned the green beret. still ahead on "full measure" -- both partiesng to get out the vote, hoping for an edge in the upcoming election.
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scott: political parties are always looking for an election advantage.
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any mail show they approved overtime to rush through as many citizenship applications as possible before election day. sheryl attkisson highlights another effort that has proved controversial, the attempt to turn out the felon vote. sharyl: 11 years ago, he lost his right to vote. >> i was about 30. i was convicted of my fourth d.u.i. in five years, a felony. i spent time in jail and they took my rights away. virginia, convicted felons can only get back the right to vote if they are individually approved by the governor or a court. >> the 72nd governor of the commonwealth of virginia, terry mcauliffe. sharyl: when terry mcauliffe became virginia's governor in 2014, he's fed up the process. in a little over the year, he sped up the right to vote for 18,000 felons, more than the previous seven governors
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been clean and law-abiding for a decade. >> i went through the process. it is a website, a one-page form. your name and address, the charge. eight to 10 minutes later, i got a letter in the mail saying congratulations, your rights have been restored. it is incredible. i have now become a part of the political process. sharyl: in april, governor mcauliffe took matters a step further. with the stroke of a pen, returned voting rights to 206,000 convicted felons at once. gov. terry mcauliffe: and so today, i will sign an order restoring the civil and voting rights of every single individual who has completed his or her sentence as of this day , april 22, 2016. sharyl: you only heard about it after the fact. jim plowman: after the fact, right.
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virginia and says the governor's order violated the state constitution. he and more than a third of virginia's commonwealth attorneys joined a lawsuit to stop it. jim plowman it was a fairly large group, 43 of us signed onto the brief, and it was non-partisan. in fact, of the 43, only 19 are republicans. sharyl: what were your concerns? jim plowman: a database was just dumped into the voter system, and it wasn't vetted, it wasn't sharyl: in neighboring maryland, democrats are also going for the ex-con vote. this year, the general assembly expanded voting rights to 40,000 felons still on probation or parole. and in california, governor jerry brown just signed into law a bill to return voting rights to 50,000 convicted felons while they're still doing time behind bars in county jails, starting next year. >> second chances matter. these folks, george, understand, they have served their time, they're done with their probation or parole. they're back in society.
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as it turns out. the governor's order was supposed to exclude people still in prison, mental hospitals or on probation. so how did michael hargrave, convicted in a case of underage sex, end up getting his voting rights restored? >> he was currently on probation at the time the governor's order was entered, so he does not qualify 'cause part of the required criteria for the governor's orders is that you've completed your supervised probation. he was still on supervised , he is in the governor's database as restored. sharyl: hargrave wasn't the only one. the governor wouldn't give state prosecutors the list of felons who were granted rights, so plowman did his own detective work. he plugged in names from some of his own cases and was astonished by what he found. >> ok, so this guy should not be restored. there was one individual in particular that was sitting in our jail pending new felony charges and his rights were restored.
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sharyl: perhaps the strangest case was that of cerda maquin. his voting rights were restored under the governor's order after he was convicted of sexual battery on an 11-year-old, even though he was never a u.s. citizen. >> he's not a u.s. citizen, yet when you look into the governor's database, restoration of his rights were granted on april 22. sharyl: in july, the virginia supreme court struck down the governor's order. the felons who'd been granted vo square one. after his court defeat, governor mcauliffe quickly moved back to individual case reviews and restored voting rights of nearly 13,000 felons. >> we are going through the process just as the court asked me to do it, doing it individually. sharyl: he says republicans should stop griping and get busy. >> i would like everyone whose rights were restored to come out and vote for hillary clinton, and this is the point i've made to the republicans. instead of continuously complaining about them and
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reason why you should vote for you, maybe you'd be in a better position today. sharyl: what makes this something other than a political dispute between someone who hopes to get a lot of democrats registered before the election and someone who doesn't want that to happen? >> to me, this is about an individual's behavior, it's not about politics. if someone has turned their life around, has overcome their felony conviction, has paid their debt to society, and has -- i welcome them back. bu know, restore anyone, anytime, for any situation, we don't care. sharyl: as for ferrante, come november, he'll vote for president for the first time. >> i don't think that they should ever take our right to vote away, ever. sharyl: and have you decided who you're going to vote for for president? do you want to say who? >> i don't. scott: by the way, john hinckley -- who tried to murder a president -- could soon vote for one. in august, he was released after three decades in a psychiatric hospital after shooting
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is eligible to vote november 8th. still ahead on "full measure" -- when rape becomes a weapon of war. a new documentary reveals what
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it's not uncommon for autistic kids to flap their hands. and so when i saw that, that was completely disqualifying. i'm a republican, but this election is so much bigger than party. my son max can't live in trump world. so i'm crossing party lines and voting for hillary. i don't always agree with her, but she's reasonable. she can work with people to solve problems. i want to be able to tell my kids that i did the right thing when it really mattered.
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scott: allegations of sexual assault and abuse, some decades old. it could be a headline from this year's presidential race, but it's also the central story of a new film about rwanda that offers some lessons and hope for women around the world. "full measure" correspondent lisa fletcher reports. >> i've interviewed in my lifetime hundreds of rape victims. the rwandan testimonies were really some of the most brutal. lisa: "the uncondemned" opens in theaters this week, a documentary that details an historic prosecution of rape as a war crime. it is the too-real story of the horrors of rwanda, the courtroom
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victoire mukambanda was one of the victims who came forward. >> they killed our family, they destroyed our houses, they took away our cows and then they ate them, and after that, after finishing my family, killing all of them, they abused me. they raped me over and over. >> it was so much to ask them to come to the tribunal and to basically relive the worst moments of their lives. >> i began to tell her about what happened in bosnia, what happened in japan and elsewhere. and how none of these cases had been prosecuted and no one had ever been prosecuted for rape in times of war. ever. lisa: convincing women to testify about sexual crimes was, and is, a difficult task. sara darehshori has investigated war crimes around the world and prosecuted the rwanda case.
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people to feel comfortable coming forward. for years, there was not really any thought that crimes would ever be prosecuted. and in rwanda in particular, you had the additional problems with lack of security for witnesses. when we started, we didn't have a witness protection program at all, which -- lisa: did you need one? >> and as it turns out we did need one. lisa: in fact, the husband and daughter of one of the victims who testified were murdered. lisa pruitt a davis. she put together a study for the tribunal that cracked the code of getting the rwandan victims to come forward and has implications for pursuing rape cases elsewhere. why do you think women who are victims of sexual abuse, sexual violence, might be reluctant to come forward? >> well, they're embarrassed. sometimes they're blaming themselves again as part of sort of a patriarchal culture, a rape culture that tells them that you must have made a bad decision by
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where you were sexually assaulted. >> very often, people who've been assaulted take a while to come forward for a number of reasons, including the trauma itself, but also many people feel, fear that they won't be believed. lisa: pruitt adds that misunderstandings about the nature of sexual violence transcend all cultures and not only kept rwandan women from testifying, but also hold back women in the united states from coming forward. >> women are also discouraged in stories. there's all the, the victim blaming and the stereotypes that you know that rape or sexual assault is about sexual attractiveness. it is really just a power play. lisa: for the women of rwanda, power and domination was the undeniable aim of their attackers. based on what you saw and what you argued in court, do you see rape as a part of war or a weapon of war?
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war. it's wielded as a form of terror. lisa: but their ultimate courtroom victory brought victoire and three other rwandan victims profiled in the film, to the united nations for the movie's premiere this week. they used the occasion to deliver a message that no woman, anywhere, should fear coming forward. >> it was for all those women that have been raped in rwanda during genocide but also for all women around the world, so that's something we're so proud of as women and every woman in the world should be proud of that. lisa: it is incredible the , courage of those four ordinary women, from a rural village in rwanda changed international law and the way rape is prosecuted. this was a precedent-setting case, as big as anything ever out of the u.s. supreme court. scott: fascinating. thank you.
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hacking the upcoming election,
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scott: plenty of doubts have been raised about the integrity of our election losses. in the closing days of a bitter campaign, team trump is pushing one message harder than ever before.

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